Hospitality

  • February 24, 2017

    Feds Hit Back At UN Bribery Suspect's Discovery Grumbles

    Federal prosecutors on Thursday pushed back against complaints from Chinese real estate tycoon Ng Lap Seng that the government has been slow to produce key evidence in the case accusing him of trying to bribe United Nations officials, calling the gripes inaccurate.

  • February 24, 2017

    Hooters Misclassifies Workers To Dodge Paying OT, Suit Says

    Hooters was hit with a putative nationwide collective action complaint Friday in Alabama federal court alleging the restaurant chain misclassifies its assistant store managers as supervisors to avoid paying them overtime, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • February 24, 2017

    Restaurant Sanctioned In Defamation Suit Over Tiger Welfare

    A Texas state court judge has awarded a $450,000 sanction against restaurant group Landry’s Inc. and its Houston aquarium restaurant, and dismissed a defamation suit they brought against the Animal Legal Defense Fund, which claims tigers held at the aquarium had been mistreated.

  • February 24, 2017

    Disney Hit With Another MagicBand Patent Infringement Suit

    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts was hit on Friday with a second patent infringement suit in Texas federal court that accuses the entertainment company of ripping off patented technology for use in its MagicBand products, which monitor park visitors’ attendance and purchase history.

  • February 24, 2017

    Jersey Shore Pizza Shop Owners Sentenced In Tax Case

    The husband and wife owners of an iconic Jersey Shore eatery received respective prison and probation terms on Friday for committing tax evasion in other crimes against the Internal Revenue Service during their rise and fall at Manco & Manco Pizza.

  • February 24, 2017

    Financial Cos. Slap Arby's With Suits Over Data Breach

    Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. was hit with at least three putative class actions in Georgia federal court Thursday and Friday for allegedly lax data security measures over point-of-sale systems that exposed the chain to a four-month-long data breach, according to court filings.

  • February 24, 2017

    Idaho Lawmakers Nix Bill To Pull Tribes' Gambling Machines

    An Idaho House of Representatives committee on Thursday voted not to advance a proposed bill to ban tribal video gaming machines in the state by a slim margin, after the legislation faced stiff opposition from tribes in the state.

  • February 24, 2017

    Gamblers Want Justices To Hear Tribal Casino Winnings Suit

    A group of gamblers has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case alleging that the tribal operator of the Foxwoods Resort Casino and certain casino employees falsely accused them of cheating and kept their winnings, saying they’ve been cheated out of due process.

  • February 24, 2017

    Tribal Casino Opponents Say 9th Circ. Has Dibs On Suit

    An activist group and others opposing the construction of a tribe’s $400 million casino near San Diego told a California federal court Thursday that it must vacate its recent dismissal of one of the group’s claims and let the Ninth Circuit rule on the rest of the claims in the suit.

  • February 24, 2017

    Trump Entertainment Needs More Time To Finish With Claims

    The distribution trustee in Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc.’s Chapter 11 case told a Delaware bankruptcy court on Thursday that he needs more time to decide whether to object to what’s left of the $1.9 billion in general unsecured claims asserted against the former Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino operator.

  • February 24, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Kirkland, Vinson, O'Melveny

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Tronox snaps up chemical mining and processing company Cristal for $2.2 billion, satellite communications company MDA acquires DigitalGlobe while valuing it at $2.4 billion, and Restaurant Brands International buys Popeyes in a $1.8 billion deal.

  • February 24, 2017

    Shareholder Suits Over Loans Keep Piling Up Against REIT

    The directors of Resource Capital Corp. were hit with yet another derivative suit in New York federal court accusing them of mishandling a Puerto Rico hotel loan portfolio that prompted a $41 million write-down in August 2015, with a shareholder alleging Thursday that his demand for the board to investigate was refused.

  • February 24, 2017

    NYC Sues Over 'Tavern On The Green' Trademark

    The city of New York has reignited a yearslong trademark battle over Central Park restaurant Tavern on the Green, suing a successor to the landmark’s former operator over its efforts to launch franchise locations.

  • February 23, 2017

    Fla. Senate Readies Gaming Bill, But House Has Other Ideas

    The Florida Senate Appropriations Committee's passage of a comprehensive gaming bill to the Senate floor on Thursday raised the prospects for long-sought resolutions to multiple industry issues, but those odds looked longer as a House panel backed a proposal that hews to the status quo and rejects expansion.

  • February 23, 2017

    Judge To Send Fraud Case Back To Tribal Court

    A California judge intends to return to tribal court a battle between the Blue Lake Rancheria and a man the tribe says fraudulently induced its casino into a gambling-software development deal, tentatively finding that the recusal of a tribal court judge resolves the conflict-of-interest concerns that spurred the federal lawsuit, according to a Wednesday filing.

  • February 23, 2017

    Two Labor Attorneys Join SmithAmundsen In Chicago

    SmithAmundsen LLC has hired two employment attorneys from Litchfield Cavo LLP whose clients include those in the automotive, security, health care, hospitality and construction industries, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • February 23, 2017

    Splenda, Dunkin' Donuts Settle Trademark Fight

    The maker of Splenda artificial sweetener has agreed to drop a lawsuit accusing Dunkin’ Donuts of trademark violations for handing customers generic Chinese-produced sweetener in yellow packets when they asked for Splenda.

  • February 23, 2017

    DLA Piper Adds Litigation Partner In New Jersey

    Global law firm DLA Piper nabbed former Lowenstein Sandler LLP litigator David Sager, who brings 25 years of experience to his new firm’s litigation practice in its Short Hills, New Jersey, office, the firm announced this week.

  • February 23, 2017

    Absolute Poker Co-Founder Set To Cop To Gambling Charges

    A co-founder of defunct gambling website Absolute Poker denied illegal gambling charges on Thursday in Manhattan federal court, but his lawyer said the defendant was likely to resolve the criminal charges in the coming weeks.

  • February 23, 2017

    Gibson Dunn Guides Kindred Group In $219M Bid For 32Red

    European gaming company Kindred Group said it will buy smaller, Gibraltar-based competitor 32Red on Thursday, in a deal valued at £175.6 million ($219 million) that will allow it to expand its offerings in a U.K. gambling market that has seen its fair share of consolidation over the past few years.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Proposed Bill Threatens Franchising In Florida

    S. Douglas Knox

    The Protect Florida Small Business Act recently introduced in the Florida Legislature, if passed, would constitute the most invasive, onerous and intrusive state franchise relationship law ever enacted in the United States, if not the world, say attorneys with Quarles & Brady LLP.

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From Kellyanne Conway

    Michelle Samuels

    Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway's TV appearances provide some examples of what lawyers should and shouldn't do when speaking to the media, says Michelle Samuels, a vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • Challenging Emoluments Clause Violations As A Conspiracy

    Randall Eliason

    I’m not confident that trying to hold the Trump Organization liable for President Donald Trump’s own constitutional violations will work. But there might be other legal theories under which a state attorney general could argue that Trump-owned companies act unlawfully when they receive emoluments. Consider a core white collar criminal statute — conspiracy to defraud the U.S., says Randall Eliason, a former federal prosecutor.

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Series

    10 Years Of MedImmune: What Trademark Owners Learned

    James E. Griffith

    Despite initial worries from practitioners, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision 10 years ago in MedImmune has provided greater predictability as to the circumstances that will warrant declaratory judgment jurisdiction, allowing trademark owners to make informed decisions about their enforcement strategies, say James Griffith and Michelle Bolos of Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.